Monday, June 26, 2017

New Outings and Babies

I'm in baby heaven. Three of my friends have had babies within a month and it's glorious. I'm finding it to be very satisfying to enjoy their babies while I don't have my own currently - every time I've been around babies the past 5 years I've been distracted by my own, but now that Jack is 2 and definitely not a baby I really feel like I can love on and fully be with these babies. To be truthful I thought I'd be more jealous, but mostly I'm just happy for my friends and happy to help while I'm not in that particular mode right now.

 Camille <3 (doesn't Austin look good with a baby?)

And the Beddes twins! I couldn't believe I was holding TWO newborn babies. It was insane. Tuli and Jorji couldn't be more sweet.

Side note:
How do you handle kids getting out of bed when they are supposed to be going to sleep? I know I need to be consistent and firm but when Natalie slips out of bed and calls to me in her little high Natalie-voice saying, "Mommy....can I have a hug?" how do you say no to that!? I try to compromise by giving her a hug and then immediately sending her back to bed. I want her to know that I'm always there for her but also that when it's bed time, it's bed time

We've been going on lots of adventures lately. My mom teaches piano lessons in the mornings now that it's summer so we've been trying to get out of her way when we're in Omaha. We found a perfect splash pad/park at Seymour Smith, super close to my parents' house, and the water turns on at 9am!!! Three hours earlier than the other splash pads we've been to. Super awesome. The other awesome part about it is the park is called AllPlay because it's wheelchair accessible and meant to accommodate individuals with developmental or physical disabilities. When we were there we were surrounded by a day program for developmentally challenged adults and it was joyful to watch them splash and play and run around without inhibitions. My kids loved playing with them - they played tag, ran around splashing each other, and one guy even tried to help Jack go up the ladder at the park. It was so cool to be a part of such an inclusive place - I foresee a LOT of visits to this park in our future.

Jack and Natalie were the only kids for the first hour or so.
Natalie is on the right and Jack is in red shorts on the left. 

 I took these pictures from the same bench, just looking different directions. I love that the park is directly next to the splash pad so that it's not as hard to lose track of the kids.

JOY! He kept racing into the water and then racing back to tell me
 Another new thing we did last week was Hot Rocks. Natalie chose some rocks at my parents' house and we heated them up in the oven. Then we took the rocks onto the deck and melted crayons on them. It was super satisfying, actually, and I kept doing it even after the kids went on to other activities.

I should have taken pictures of the finished products
We went to a new park...I named it the Fortress because it's so tall and imposing. The kids loved it. I liked it fine until a daycare SWARMED and I could hardly keep track of my own children.

Natalie is in pink in the middle-ish, and I have no idea where Jack is.
It didn't help that he was wearing that same color blue.
Check out these crazy hail clouds after a raging Nebraska thunderstorm:
I've never seen anything like this!
I cleaned out our bathroom cabinet and didn't have a good place to put this Biore nose strip so I used it and Natalie was very confused when she came into the bathroom. I didn't really want to go into zits/blackheads with a four-year-old so I just told her it made my nose healthy. She decided she wanted her nose to be healthy, too, so I let her put a bandaid on her nose. 

Stockton can NEVER resist an opportunity to take a selfie. He LOVES looking at himself through the camera.

Another thing Stockton loves: PURPLE BLANKIE. He's slept with this in his room for a while but recently became extremely attached. One Sunday when Austin was out of town I let Stockton bring purple blankie to church and he sat wrapped up in it on the bench for the whole of Sacrament Meeting, basically without moving. So, he gets to bring it every time now. He also loves bringing it in the car in the mornings on the way to ACT clinic, and asks for it immediately when he gets in the car after school. He even brought it to the park last week, and took it down the slide. (It is big and soft and fuzzy and isn't super convenient to bring places but Stockton loves it so we make it work.)

My mom is redoing her kitchen cabinets so we couldn't come over one morning and I took the kids to see Cars 3! Jack did predictably *well* for a 2-year-old....sat in his chair for the first little while with popcorn and drink, and then when that wore off he just wanted to roam. Luckily the theater wasn't very full and the top two rows were empty so I let him just race around up there. Natalie loved it - she loves going to the movie theater!

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